The Risks of DIY Pest Control


July 29, 2018 - Brian Reynolds

There are lots of different do it yourself projects around your home that you can do on your own without thinking twice. From staining a fence or organizing your garage to retiling a bathroom or bringing an old piece of furniture back to life, you won’t have to worry about the risks associated with these projects. But playing the role of a do it yourself exterminator? That’s a bad idea all around! You run the risk of doing damage to your health, your home, and even the environment if you don’t know what you’re doing. Whether you’re dealing with termites in your crawlspace, rodents behind your walls, or mosquitoes in your yard, trusting a professional pest management service with your problem should really be your only option. Here are some of the risks you’ll encounter if you attempt to DIY an extermination project in or around your home.

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The Risks to Your Health

To get rid of insects, rodents, and other pests, you’ll need to use chemicals. There are many chemicals that are readily available to those who want to be a do it yourself exterminator. The problem, of course, is that, if you don’t have any experience with the chemicals that are used during pest extermination, you run the risk of them having a negative impact on your health. You could end up getting very sick due to the use of the chemicals. 

When you work with a professional pest management service, they’ll know which chemicals to use to get rid of pests and, more importantly, how to use them. You won’t have to worry about being exposed to most chemicals used by pest management services. And if there is something to worry about, they’ll let you know about it. You also won’t have to worry about encountering pests that could put you at risk. When trying to rid your home of wasps, rats, or any other pests, there’s a chance you could get stung or bitten by one of them. That could lead to you catching serious diseases that could make you very sick and even prove to be fatal.

The Risks to the Health of Others

In addition to putting your own health at risk when you transform yourself into a do it yourself exterminator, you could put the health of others at risk, too. You may have done all your research on certain chemicals and discovered how to handle them properly. But does your spouse know not to touch the chemicals? Have you educated your kids about not going near certain areas of your home once chemicals have been sprayed? Think about more than just your own health before you start spraying chemicals and setting traps in the hopes of ridding your home of pests. You could affect the health of others as well. You could even end up making any pets you have in your home extremely sick by doing extermination yourself. It’s why leaving extermination jobs to the pros is a must.

The Risks to Your Home

Outside of risking your health and the health of others by becoming a do it yourself exterminator, you could also put your home as a whole at risk.

You can do this in many ways. Here are just a few things that could happen to your home while you’re busy playing DIY exterminator:

  • You could damage part of your home with the chemicals you’re using to try to get rid of pests
  • You could fail to make your pest problem any better and allow pests to do further damage to your home
  • You could force pests to invade new areas of your home and cause damage to them

Your home is one of the most valuable possessions you’ll ever own. Instead of trying to rid it of pests on your own, turn to someone who can do it without putting your home at risk.

The Risks to the Environment

As if putting your health, the health of others, and your home at risk wasn’t bad enough, your DIY extermination efforts could also have a devastating effect on the environment. If they aren’t used properly, there are many extermination chemicals that can seep into the ground surrounding a home. When they do, they can contaminate local water supplies, do irreparable damage to gardens, and even work their way into the air and make it unsafe to breathe. There are also rules and regulations against using certain chemicals on certain types of pests. For example, some cities have banned the use of chemicals on bees since they play a key role in pollinating local crops. But even if these rules and regulations don’t exist where you live, that doesn’t mean you should use whatever chemicals you can get your hands on when doing DIY extermination. You could really hurt the environment without even fixing your pest problem in the end.

The Risks to Your Bank Account

Most people try their best to be do it yourself exterminators because of the costs associated with hiring an actual exterminator. They believe they’re saving themselves a lot of money by doing extermination on their own. But at the end of the day, they often end up costing themselves money when their best efforts don’t work. After spending a small fortune on chemicals and coming up empty, they’re forced to call on the pros anyway. Rather than risking your next paycheck, why not just have a professional pest management service come and help you from the beginning?

Don’t Try to Be a Do It Yourself Exterminator

If you’re thinking about trying to be a do it yourself exterminator, think again. The risks outweigh the potential rewards and could make your DIY project very dangerous. A reputable pest management service can help you get rid of your pest problem once and for all, without all the risk you’d have to assume by taking on the job alone. You’ll be able to rest easy knowing your health, your home, and the environment are all safe. Look at our blog to see how working with a professional exterminator could help you big time.

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